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Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion: Including the 1831 "Confessions"
In the summer of 1831, a band of some forty slaves led by Nat Turner attacked slave-owning residents of Southampton County, Virginia. One of the largest and most violent revolts in the history of the young nation, the rebellion took the lives of some sixty white men, women, and children. An outcry against the South's exploitative slave system, the revolt was suppressed wit ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 6th 2006 by Dover Publications
(first published June 1966)
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The book is an academic monograph first published in 1937. Readers expecting a popular book's flow will be disappointed, but those accustomed to academic texts will find it very readable. Like W.E.B. DuBois's "Reconstruction," the book challenges the obvious white supremacist leanings in previous histories of Turner's Rebellion. In the process, Aptheker not only tells a much more believable story of the Rebellion and its effects, he also provides a great deal of structural context for understand ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Linds rated it did not like it · review of another edition
Takes one of the most passionate and violent events in American history and makes it read like a bank statement.
was an American Marxist historian and political activist. He wrote more than 50 books, mostly in the fields of African American history and general U.S. history, most notably, American Negro Slave Revolts (1943), a classic in the field, and the 7-volume Documentary History of the Negro People (1951-1994). He compiled a wide variety of primary documents supporting study of African-American history. ...moreMore about Herbert Aptheker...